November brings out the inevitable questions. Where did the year just go? How did fall disappear so quickly? And why haven’t I started my Christmas & Holiday shopping yet? Unless you’re Auburn Lane’s own Sonya Davidson, who started last week. Insert panicked look here. Personally, I love November. Cold, crisp nights mean cozying up in that corner banquette, drinking maybe one too many glasses of wine, and snuggling up over the first snow fall. Romantic, isn’t it? Well, it can be, as long as you don’t hibernate early and go into hiding. Consider this month’s options a persuasive post of places to tempt you out of your hygge hobby.
Brunch seekers in the downtown core should look no further than King Taps to hold court. Brunch is now on from 11:30am -4:00pm weekends and holidays. Make a reservation and catch all the NFL action, pitch perfect drinks and a new brunch menu, the only thing missing is the half hour wait at the door.
Kolkata Club in Mississauga is shining on a light on Diwali, offering free henna Friday, November 9th, with live music kicking off at 7:30pm.
Fill your plate, and your spirits at Newcomer Kitchen on November 14th. Syrian refugee women will prepare a four course dinner for $25, and proceeds benefit the cycle, providing mentorship opportunities in the kitchen to new Canadians and refugees.
Pizza Pizza candy exchange is on! From November 1st to the 18th, those Raisinettes and Rockets can be upgraded for a pepperoni or cheese slice, just three unopened candies gets you a free slice, with all the sweet stuff getting donated to a local charity. Win win!
The worst kept secret in Toronto night markets goes to The Distillery Christmas Market, arguably the most jam packed festive fun you can have, kicking off November 15th and running until December 23rd (not open Mondays). Take in the sights and sounds of carolers, revel in the lights and save room for the countless food stalls and sweet treats too.
Huzzah! The long awaited Storm Crow Manor is now open on Church. We’ve been long buzzing about this new clubhouse known for geek-chic cocktails and probably some other fun stuff too.
Made in house tortillas are a promise kept by Good Hombres, brought to you by the same team as Campechano. The authentic taqueria is bringing the heat, right on Bathurst by Dundas.
The ever busy Hemant Bhagwani is on a tear, opening not just Goa, this month at Bayview Village, but also Good Karma is coming to Fairview Mall food court.
Hawker Bar has been renovated into The Shozan Room, with Japanese chef Kohei Matsuyama taking over the Ossington address. Look for their opening later this month.
November 16th is the grand opening of Rag Doll Eatery on Yonge Street by Eglinton. The rockin’ menu has many vegan and vegetarian eats, as well as meaty finds for the us regular caveman types.
Carisma is unveiling a new look, on 15 Toronto Street, known for Italian eats and hospitality, this restaurant is going into their 30th year, starting fresh at a new address.
Cactus Club at Sherway is Canada’s biggest, and it’s now open at Sherway Gardens. Known for signature cocktails and a food menu designed by Rob Feenie and Cory Vitiello, consider CC your safe refuge during your next shopping trip.
And the hero of midtown has us salivating for the big open. Bar Buca at Yonge and Eglinton is here, open morning to night, offering Chef Rob Gentile’s take on classic, rustic Italian. Yes!
Bizarre is the word, and at 41,000 sq ft, this buzzworthy new venue is one for the books. Grand Bizarre Supper Club is turning the Toronto dining scene on it’s head, with a new concept that’s open only Saturday nights. The Food Dudes & 10tation Catering are plotting and planning the food, which sounds like a smorgasbord for the senses. Stay tuned, we’ll have more on this next month.
A location fit for a queen, Yorvkille HMP is getting primped and primed for their Yorkville debut. Look for this spot to open hopefully in time for the holidays.
Yonge and Lawrence’s renowned sushi shop is getting a sibling, with the news that Shoushin is setting up shop Yorkville. Chef Jackie Lin is notorious for his omakase menu at this North Yonge hotspot, so expect huge things for his bougie new outpost.
North 44’s closing makes way for Byblos opening at Yonge and Eglinton. Executive Chef Stuart Cameron is working his magic on the menu, look for Byblos north to open in the new year.
O&B is branching out, this time with all an day dining destination dubbed Maison Selby by Bloor and Sherbourne. Look for this project to open soon.
Zakkushi is coming out with a second restaurant, taking over from Loka on Queen near Bathurst, known for their Japanese tapas style menu to Queen West.
Peoples Eatery has announced tomorrow’s dinner will be the last. After years of eclectic and exciting snacks on Spadina, the gears are shifting to new projects. We wish them luck!
Everyone’s fave cottage pub, The Céilí Cottage is also calling it quits on Queen East. Many oysters were shucked at this memorable restaurant. More tears will be shed after it’s gone.
And Ossington is losing it’s beloved Boralia Restaurant. The Canadian themed restaurant serves up historically accurate eats, by partners in life and restaurant, Evelyn and Wayne. Their final service is slated for November 10th.
And as reported last month, it’s curtains for Note Bene closing NYE to make room for a new Planta concept. We’ll have more on that in the coming months.